Marjorie Moore

Portland Art Museum

Marjorie Moore investigates the duality of innocence and corruption in a series of canvases and works on paper that anthropomorphize real and fantasy animals. Along with 13 paintings and mixed-media assemblages, Moore presented a two-monitor, two-channel video installation, made in collaboration with videomaker Huey Coleman, dancer Nancy Salmon, and singer Miriam Barndt-Webb. Entitled Canis-Canis, 1987, the work juxtaposed images of a caged coyote and shots of the artist parading about, smothering herself in fur pelts. Two separate monitors were set on wooden dressers with drawers bursting open to reveal actual animal pelts. Enclosed in a cagelike wire-mesh fence, the bureaus alluded to the overall theme of entrapment.

With just the right mix of humor, sincerity, and cynicism, Moore appropriates kitsch images and texts about animals from children’s books, both popular and obscure, to comment

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